Feeling adventurous this Valentine's Day? Why not try a blind date with a book! We've selected books from a variety of genres in our adult fiction and nonfiction collections. Choose a wrapped book from our display based on its "pick-up line", check it out at the front desk, unwrap it at home, and enjoy your "date"!
And while you're here, be sure to pick up a Winter Reading BINGO card, and return it
to the library by March 1 to earn chances to win a bundle of
Local Author Event:
Wayne Sherrer's Phorgotten No More
Thursday, February 1, 4:00pm
Join local author Wayne Sherrer at PFPL
as he discusses his new book, Phorgotten
No More: Glimpses of the African-American Presence in Phillipsburg, New Jersey 1771-2021, followed by a book signing!
Call the library at 908-454-3712 for
Wednesday, February 7, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Calling all houseplant enthusiasts! Join us for an evening of conversation, light refreshments, and of course, plants! Bring your cuttings, propagations, and/or plants to share and swap with fellow plant lovers. Call the library for more information, or register online!
Nutrition Program: Heart Healthy Habits
Tuesday, February 13, 11:00am
Join Cedar Crest College, Dietetic Intern Kayla, as she discusses various ways of helping to prevent heart disease for heart month. In this session we will review dietary recommendations for a healthy heart, physical activity, and recipe inspiration! Call the library for more information, or register online!
Lunch & Learn:
Budgeting for Financial Independence
Tuesday, February 20, 11:30am
Franni from First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union will be back to go over the ins and outs of budgeting and will introduce First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union! Come with an eagerness to learn, any questions and an empty stomach as she will also be providing lunch as well! Call the library for more information, or register online!
Basic Gardening ft. Straw Bale Gardening
Monday, February 26, 11:00am
Join Horticultural Program Assistant, Lynn Waclawski, from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County, for the second class in our Homesteading Series! This informative presentation will educate and inspire individuals interested in growing a vegetable garden this year. Don’t have the space or want to try gardening before you commit? Straw bale gardening will also be discussed and may be fitting for you! Call the library for more information, or register online!
Upcoming Events for Children
Monday, Feb. 5, 12, & 26, 10:00am Ages 6 months - 2 years old
An active program of rhymes, music,
play, and stories for babies and their
adult caregivers. Little Movers lasts approximately 20 minutes and is a
perfect introduction to the library for our smallest patrons.
Tuesday, Feb. 6 & 20, 3:30pm
Grades 1 - 5
Any day with LEGOs is a good day! We alternate free play days with Challenge days, so come show off your building skills!
Yoga Story Adventures
Wednesday, Feb. 7 & 21, 4:00pm
For ages 4 - 8, but all ages are welcome.
This programs brings literacy and movement together which allows children the opportunity to experience yoga and mindfulness in a fun environment. Through breath work, movement, music, mindful art, team building, and story book adventures, we will explore techniques to feel our best! Hope to see you on our next adventure!
Thursday, Feb. 1, 8, 15, & 29, 10:00am
Ages 2 - 5
Our Storytime programs are filled with stories, flannel boards, songs, and fun!
Curious Minds STEAM Club
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 4:00pm
Ages 5 - 12
Welcome to our Kid’s Steam Club, where curious young minds explore the wonders
of science, technology, engineering, arts,
and mathematics!Join us for hands-on experiments, creative projects, and exciting adventures that spark imagination and learning.Our club offers a
fun and safe space for kids to discover, create, and grow together! This month's theme is All Things Hearts!Register by Monday, February 12.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 10:00am
Ages 2 - 5
This program brings literacy and movement together, which allows the opportunity to experience yoga and mindfulness in a fun environment.
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:00pm
Join us for a magical pajama story time adventure! Wear your coziest pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal as we
gather under the starry sky of imagination.This is a perfect way to wind down and
create memories before bedtime.
Ongoing Events for Adults
PFPL Writers Group Monday, February 5 & 19, 7:00pm
Do you have a story to tell? Join the PFPL Writers Group! We welcome all levels of writers from beginner to published professionals. We'll discuss fiction, poetry, nonfiction (including memoir), and more. Bring your ideas, a notebook, and your magic pen! This event will
be held on Zoom. Call the library for more information, or register online!
Stitch & Sip Yarn Group Friday, February 9 & 23, 10:00am
Calling all knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists! Join us on the second and fourth Friday of each month - Bring your latest WIP, and help yourself to a cup of tea provided by us! Call the library for more information, or register online!
Classic Book Club:
Lord of the Flies
Wednesday, February 14, 7:00pm
“Classic” books are classic for a reason – their literary excellence transcends passing fads,
and they continue to engage readers generation after generation. If there are classics you have always meant to read “someday,” or if you read them in school before you were ready to appreciate them, now is the time to enjoy them with other adult readers.
EveryDay Art workshops focus on mindfulness, intention, preparing a work of art with purpose; maybe to give to someone as a gift for outstanding service or just because we care or love the other person. We also can keep the artwork for ourselves! Each month usually has a topic or theme, and it is always a surprise!
Judi Painter is the facilitator with experience as a corporate trainer, trauma Chaplain, business woman, and is a local artist. She is the founder of “Artisans Insieme”, Rome, Italy.
**Please Note** Bring your own coloring pencils or markers-some will be available.
This month I’m sharing a recipe that I haven’t actually made. (Although I was the lucky recipient of a delicious dinner at the end of a work day.) Instead, my husband and a coworker tried it out and both recommended it. I admit, I’m late to the air fryer party, and if I hadn’t received one as a gift, I would not have purchased one. That being said, I’m very happy to have one. Since I am very much a novice with this appliance, I’m looking for new ways to use it, beyond crispy tater tots. This chicken was a surprise because it doesn’t come out “fried” but moist and tender with great flavor. The only changes made to this recipe was the amount of chicken used. Because of cooking for smaller families, both used only 2 breasts that had been sliced thinner, more like cutlets, to ensure even cooking.
In 1956 New York City, Marion Brooks, one of the famous Radio City Rockettes, is unwittingly drawn into the police search for the“Big Apple Bomber” and may be forced to sacrifice everything she's worked for, as well as the people she loves most, to catch this elusive criminal. Selected by Lori, Library Assistant
A man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, living lives in regions from ancient India and Renaissance Italy to outer space and the modern world, searches for the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Selected by Stephanie, Reference Librarian
Join YouTube's Claudia Regalado as she presents 100 Mexican recipes she and her family have enjoyed for years. Family favorites, new classics, delectable desserts, and so much more from Claudia's kitchen are present in the pages of this book. Selected by Cindy, Library Assistant
When Hollywood auctioneer Emsley Wilson finds her famous grandmother's diary while cleaning out her New York brownstone, the pages are full of surprises. The first surprise is, the diary isn't her grandmother's. It belongs to Johanna Bonger, Vincent van Gogh's sister-in-law. Selected by Vic, Library Assistant
Reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire, while exploring the crucial role that libraries play in modern American culture. Selected by Zully, Library Assistant
My Big Fat Greek Cookbook is a comprehensive, contemporary overview of Greek food, recipes, and family culture as documented by the son of a Greek immigrant as his mother neared the end of her life. "This Greek eating tragedy has a beginning (appetizer), a middle (main course), and an end (dessert)," Christos shared. "As my Mama is in her final act, it's fitting that a quarter of her recipes are desserts. Bon appétit! Kali Orexi! Selected by Rosemary, Library Assistant